Many people take sleep for granted, not knowing how important it really is for your overall health and wellness. What's more, do you know that the lack of sleep and poor quality of sleep can make you more overweight?
It is during your sleeping time that a lot of essential processes take place inside your brain and your body, which help maintain the wonderful performance of your body systems and organs and also ensure constant renewal, restoration and revitalization of your cells and the rest of your body.
We have always emphasized the value of sleep. You must remember that it's not just about the number of hours, but the quality too. If you keep on waking up every now and then or you don't feel well-rested or energized at all upon waking up, then something is definitely wrong with your quality of sleep. And this too can greatly affect your weight loss efforts.
So how can you improve your quality of sleep? Here are some tips you should certainly try out:
- Follow a sleeping schedule.
Maintaining a good, healthy body clock that provides you 8 hours of sleep is highly important. Not only will you achieve the recommended number of hours, but you will surely have an easier time falling asleep and staying asleep for long if you follow a daily sleeping schedule.
As much as possible, try not to veer away from this schedule so as not to interrupt your sleeping pattern. This way, you will definitely get the most from your slumber.
- Make your room conducive for sleep.
You ought to make your bedroom conducive for sleep. Dim the lights and play soothing music. It would also be good to make use of colors for your bed sheets and surroundings that are light and relaxing such as blue and green.
What's more, make sure you have a comfortable bed to sleep on too, that will help relieve the tension and worries of the day.
- Have a bedtime ritual that works for you.
There are plenty of bedtime rituals that differ from person to person. For some, taking a shower before sleep works because of the refreshing, clean feeling. But this particular ritual makes others feel awake and energetic.
What makes you relax the most and fall asleep faster? You can try reading a good book with a positive message. You can listen to nature sounds and/or meditate. These are only ideas, but of course you know best. If you're not sure, try to experiment and you'll surely discover what works the most for you.
- Keep daytime naps to a minimum.
Are you a daytime napper? Here's some news for you--- instead of doing you good, it may actually do you harm. Yes, napping can let you catch up on lost sleep. However, it perks you up in the middle of the day and doesn't allow you to fall asleep at once in the evening. There are also those who experience waking up from time to time while sleeping, which is also not good. This can be brought about too by daytime naps.
- Clear and relax your mind.
When the mind is active, then there's little chance that you will be able to sleep soundly. Hence, you should never do a physical activity, study or try to solve something, watch a disturbing video, or have an exciting chat before sleeping. All of these can disrupt the sleep because your mind is still whirring.
Moreover, please take note that emotional triggers and other similar stimulations can definitely hinder you from attaining the best sleep quality.
When you practice the above-given tips, then you can improve your quality of sleep and take another step forward toward optimum health and wellness. Doing the tips will also ensure greater success in your weight loss plan.